GOP governors bow to healthcare reform reality; State lawmakers continue to push for telemedicine reimbursement;

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> Despite Congressional Republicans' relentless attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act law, GOP governors in swing states are reluctantly accepting the reality that President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law is the law of the land, the Associated Press reported. Article

> Sacramento County officials said state budget cuts tied to the federal healthcare overhaul could cost them as much as $9.2 million this fiscal year, The Sacramento Bee reported. While the county will receive smaller state subsidies to help cover indigent care, officials said they will still have to pick up the tab for indigent residents who don't enroll in Medi-Cal. Article

> Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems and Sharon (Pa.) Regional Health System have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to add Sharon Regional to CHS' hospital network, the latter announced yesterday. The Cleveland Clinic also will participate in clinical program development, quality improvement, and branding with Sharon Regional through its alliance with CHS.  Announcement

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> A pair of Florida representatives are among several in the Sunshine State calling for an increase in the use of--and payment for--telemedicine. Article

> Researchers at University of Washington have developed a non-invasive interface that allows one person to send a signal via the Internet that moves a part of another person's body. Article

And Finally… Next time, wear a belt. Article